The pole design is pretty different. You basically only have two poles that actually erect the tent. The back pole is just for forming a square shape at the footbox. The pole is only about a foot long and doesn't even touch the ground. All in all, poles only touch the ground at 3 places: two at the door, and one in the back center. So, there really isn't much in the way of poles at all, which makes it kind of a hybrid because you have to guy out the back to complete the tents shape, which in a more traditionally designed tent would be accomplished with a long pole in the back that bows just like the front pole to accomplish a more tube shape. Anyway, good question, maybe I'll add it to the review. Thanks for reading.